Tag: SD1M

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Sweet, sweeter, puppies

It seems to me that there are two groups of people: those who love cats and those who love dogs. I belong to the minority because I like both kinds of pets equally. However, I do so for different reasons. About cats I like the fact that they can be so full of contradictions – ...

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A photographic walk through the realm of the dragonflies

As I wrote yesterday, I went on two photo tours last Friday. On my way home from the first I discovered a part of the riverside inhabited by hundreds of buzzing dragonflies. Since I could not get close enough with the short focal length of the DP2Q without getting wet, I ran home to retrieve ...

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The second photo-walk with the super-zoom

Yesterday I embarked once again on a photo-walk with the Sigma 18-300mm Contemporary. My attention was on the long end which, when it comes to super-zooms, tends to be much softer than the area around the sweet spot which can usually be found somewhere in the middle of the zoom-range. Since the longest focal length ...

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On photo walk with a superzoom

Since my vacation is coming up soon, I have constantly been thinking about where I could go and what photo equipment I would like to take. On the top of my list there are Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey. Even if the risk of being attacked and robbed is, realistically speaking, basically inexistent, these are still ...

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The Beauty and the Beast: Sigma DP3M vs 50mm f1.4 Art + SD1M (Part 2)

In the first part of this comparison I tested the sharpness of the two cameras, or rather of the two lenses, at a very short distance to the motif (~1.8m). Even though the 50/2.8 is an extraordinary lens, it had to bow to the “beast”. The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM Art, being much bigger, much ...

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Repetition is the mother of all studies, but simply starting to take pictures is much more fun

During some photo tours I try to focus on only a small, limited number of motifs – e.g. only cats or dogs – in order to achieve better results through repetition. As the ancient Romans already knew: the mother of all studies is repetition. This rather useful learning method can, however, sometimes lead to boredom ...

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Once more in black and white

One learns faster if one specializes in just one area, but I think that some occasional variety is quite healthy. Doing always just the same could, after all, eventually one off from enjoying one’s hobby. Apart from that, taking pictures in black and white can be quite liberating. The photographic process appears to be easier ...

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Another photo walk with the Sigma 50mm f1.4mm Art

Having bought a new lens, I did what many photographers do, I used my first photo walk with the 50/1.4 Art mainly for taking test shots and familiarizing myself with the lens. Most of the pictures I took at wide open aperture, for two reasons: first, because such photos are the easiest way to determine ...

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815g of brute imaging force: my Sigma 50mm f1.4 has arrived!

As a Sigma DP owner one is well-acquainted with the extraordinary image quality of the fixed/ non-changeable DP lenses and appreciates them very much. However, one does wonder from time to time whether there is something better, or if there are lenses that can match this degree of sharpness while also sporting wider apertures. Well, ...

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Silly Mistake: High-ISO by Day!

I was so happy on my last photo tour: the light was great, it was warm and I wasn’t short of good subjects. “Couldn’t have been any better”, I thought when I came home. But soon after I had a look at the photos on my PC and discovered that I shot all of them ...